STAFFORD - A few years back Ocean Acres residents were expecting to see a large Walgreens store at the corner of Route 72 and Nautilus Drive.  That occupancy was derailed by Walgreens acquiring Rite-Aid stores a few years back. Walgreens realized it had enough retail presence in our area and decided to not occupy the building.

In the last few weeks, there has been some work going inside that large box building.  TAPinto Stafford-LBI inquired and found out the Hackensack Meridian Health System will be the occupants.

"Hackensack Meridian Health secured a long term lease in 2017 for the building (meant to be a Walgreens) on Nautilus Drive and Route 72 to further develop Southern Ocean Medical Center’s medical services to meet the needs of the community," wrote Hackensack-Meridian spokesperson Anne Green. "Construction is currently underway to build a Vascular and Vein Center and relocate the medical center’s practices of Dr. Jeffery Hager, Dr. Matthew Samra, and Dr. Arthur DeMarsico to this location in the coming months."